International Relations Theory in Game of Thrones

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Westeros and Washington

By Andrew Peek Season three of HBO's "Game of Thrones" wrapped up earlier this month, which is sad news for the foreign policy community. The show's protagonists live in a fantasy realpolitik world of backstabbing, front-stabbing and betrayal, where concepts like honor, as one character says, only slow you down. But they are not all remorselessly security-maximizing Lannisters; there is, in fact, a wide variety of realists among the Westerosi, and even a few starry-eyed dreamers. CONTINUE TO LIST Andrew Lewis Peek was a personal advisor to the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.

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